£300k get-together scheme for elderly launches in Dagenham

14:41 23 September 2016

Future M.O.L.D.S Communities (FMC) youth worker Sarah Robertson (left) and boxing tutor Taylor Clements(right) with resident Sarah
Robertson at the launch. Picture: Jimmy Lee

Future M.O.L.D.S Communities (FMC) youth worker Sarah Robertson (left) and boxing tutor Taylor Clements(right) with resident Sarah Robertson at the launch. Picture: Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee

Pensioners packed a punch as they celebrated the launch of a new project for the mature community.

Cllr Saima Ashraf talks to pensioners at the launchCllr Saima Ashraf talks to pensioners at the launch

More than 50 residents enjoyed activities and talks at Scrattons Community Hall in Barking on Wednesday to hail the start of Silvernet.

With a £300,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau will jointly combine their resources with Harmony House to eventually provide 17 get-together clubs for the borough’s 17 wards.

The Morrison Road launch – attended by Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Eileen Keller and council deputy leader Cllr Saima Ashraf – featured talks from mature actors in the borough’s performance of the Merchant of Venice.

Meanwhile 77-year-old Shirley Lower took part in some boxing training with coaches from Future M.O.L.D.S Communities.

“I was a bit nervous at first,” admitted the Barking resident. “I did some boxing last year and I think I’d do it again now.”

M.O.L.D.S managing director Sarah Robertson added: “It makes such a change, we are so used to working with younger peopler that to actually feel the power of older people is amazing.”

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  • Now the LBBD has dumped "Old peoples welfare" they are calling for volunteers to do the task of looking after the older residents of Barking and Dagenham, what ever next volunteer school teachers to replace regular teachers in our schools, what a saving that would be, this council have taken us so deep into debt with their pet socialist schemes from the past, that we the resident will be paying their bill forever, never trust them to spend wisely, its not in their nature, regrettably our voters are too busy watching their smart phones to take notice of the future, and don't bother to turn and vote when required, this area should be henceforth known as the London Boro of Apathy.

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